Anne Dunham named in squad for European Championships

Anne Dunham
Dunham won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Wiltshire's Anne Dunham has been named in Britain's para-equestrian dressage team for September's European Championships in Belgium.

The 62-year-old has won gold at each of the past four Paralympic games.

Dunham will be joined in the team by Natasha Baker, 21, from Middlesex and Berkshire's Sophie Christiansen, 23.

Taunton's Deborah Criddle, 45, Sophie Wells, 21, from Nottinghamshire and 26-year-old Emma Sheardown from Lincoln make up the rest of the squad.

It will be Baker's debut in the team, which will be missing the experienced Lee Pearson through injury.

After her success in Beijing in 2008, where she won two gold medals and one silver medal, Dunham is hoping success in the Championships will earn her a place at London 2012.

"What you do this year is look towards next year," she told BBC Wiltshire.

"I'm hoping to go and I'm looking to qualify and it's what I'm riding towards. It's going well at the moment and I very much hope to be there."

Wells, who will ride her own horse, Valerius, added: "I was quite surprised but really pleased that Valerius is now respected enough to be selected for the squad.

"It'll be the perfect opportunity for Valerius to stand up and hold his own. We've worked really hard to get the best out of him and his way of going is so much more established."

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